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The World's 50 Best Restaurants

Since 2002, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has reflected the diversity of the world's culinary landscape. Thanks to its panel of more than 1,000 culinary experts, as well as its structured and audited voting procedure, the annual list of the world's finest restaurants provides a snapshot of some of the best destinations for unique culinary experiences, in addition to being a barometer for global gastronomic trends.

With the annual awards ceremony held in London from 2003 to 2015 before starting a global tour with stops in New York in 2016, Melbourne in 2017, the Basque Country in 2018 and Singapore in 2019, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants creates a fantastic opportunity to bring an incredible community of chefs together from around the world.

The 2020 edition of The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards, which was set to take place on Tuesday 2nd June 2020, has been postponed to 2021. In place of the global gastronomic gathering, 50 Best launched the programme 50 Best for Recovery: Supporting restaurants worldwide in partnership with S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. Its aim is to provide tangible financial relief for the industry, as well as to offer helpful resources for restaurant businesses as they emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and seek actionable advice and support. Read more about our response to the Covid-19 crisis and visit our Recovery Hub. We plan to hold the 2021 awards ceremony and event programme in the city of Antwerp in Flanders on Tuesday, 8th June 2021.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is more than just a list. It is a celebration of the universality of cuisines, which is also explored in the #50BestTalks series of live culinary conferences and demonstrations, as well as the events that focus on the gastronomic strengths of a particular region, namely Asia's 50 Best Restaurants and Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants. With a social media following of more than two million food lovers, the brand also has an extraordinary reach into the global gastronomic community through its digital channels.

In October 2020, 50 Best launched 50 Next, a new annual list of young people shaping the future of gastronomy that will debut in 2021. Formed through robust research and analysis by 50 Best in partnership with the internationally renowned Basque Culinary Center, 50 Next will showcase a diverse global selection of bright young minds who have turned their ideas into reality. The first annual list will be announced in 2021, aiming to inspire, empower and connect young people who are truly pushing boundaries and tackling challenges from fresh perspectives.

In November 2019, the organisation also launched 50 Best Discovery, a new platform comprising thousands of restaurants and bars across the globe that have all received votes from the Academy. Each venue is geo-tagged and comes with a bite-size review to give guests a taste of the experience on offer, as well as contact details, imagery and average price. This has allowed The World’s 50 Best Restaurants to further widen its scope and reinforce its position as one of the world’s most respected restaurant and bar guides.

When gastro-tourism began to rise in popularity, The World's 50 Best Restaurants earned its legitimacy as a compass for fledgling gourmets, unveiling up-and-coming chefs and culinary trends and showcasing the subtlety and complexity of various cuisines from around the world – with many more still to discover.